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John (Jack) Houliston

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  • Name John (Jack) Houliston 
    Born 11 August 1868  Trois Rivières, St Maurice, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • Suspect year of birth is 1868 and not 1869 as listed in the 1901 census based on age in 1881 and 1901 census being 12 & 32 respectively and with birth month of August and enumeration dates of 4th Apr 1881 & 31st Mar 1901 means birthyear for be 1868.
      Also Attestation form completed on 15 Apr 1915 lists age as 46 years 8 months and DOB 11th Aug 1868
      Still descrepancy between birthdate recorded as 5th Aug in 1901 versus 11th Aug in Attestation papers.
      Major John Houliston
      born 5 August 1869 in Canada (1901 census)
      • 1904 - came from Public Works upon amalgamation, St. Lawrence R. survey.
      1881 Canada census:
      Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
      Alexander HOULISTON M Male Scottish 37 Quebec Lawyer Presbyterian
      Jessy HOULISTON M Female Scottish 35 Quebec Presbyterian
      John HOULISTON Male Scottish 12 Quebec Scholar Presbyterian
      Blair HOULISTON Male Scottish 10 Quebec Scholar Presbyterian
      Mable HOULISTON Female Scottish 8 Quebec Scholar Presbyterian
      Marion HOULISTON Female Scottish 6 Quebec Scholar Presbyterian
      Jessy HOULISTON Male Scottish 4 Quebec Scholar Presbyterian
      Louisa HOULISTON Female Scottish 2 Quebec Presbyterian
      Florence HOULISTON Female Scottish <1 Born: Aug; 8/12 Quebec Presbyterian
      Source Information:
      Census Place Notre-Dame Ward, Trois-Rivieres, Ste-Maurice, Quebec
      Family History Library Film 1375850
      NA Film Number C-13214
      District 83
      Sub-district D
      Page Number 10
      Household Number 40
      1901 Canada census:
      Personal Description
      Line # Family or House- hold Name of each person in family or household on 31st March, 1901.
      Sex. Colour Relation-ship to head of family or household. Single, married, widowed or divorced.
      Month and date of birth. Year of birth. Age at last birthday.
      8 90 Houliston Alex M Head M Sep 10 1842 59
      9 90 Houliston Jeannette F Wife M Jul 20 1846 55
      10 90 Houliston Jack M Son S Aug 5 1869 32
      11 90 Houliston Jessie F Daughter S Sep 28 1877 24
      12 90 Houliston Paula F Daughter S Dec 15 1879 22
      13 90 Houliston Murell F Daughter S Aug 18 1881 20
      14 90 Houliston Isa M Daughter S Feb 25 1883 18
      15 90 Terreault M. L. F Head S Mar 10 1871 30

      Source Information:
      1901 Census of Canada
      Subdistrict: Trois-Rivières (City/Cité) Saint-Louis (Ward/Quartier), TROIS-RIVIÈRES & SAINT-MAURICE, QUEBEC
      District Number: 198
      Subdistrict Number: c-2
      Archives Microfilm: T-6548
      Still, the case for
      transforming the 86th of ambitious Trois-Rivières into a
      “city” battalion must have seemed irresistible. The deed
      was accomplished in 1902, under the command of
      Lieutenant-Colonel John Houliston, an 1890 graduate
      of the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston.
      The new 86th Regiment was expected to recruit only four
      companies, or about 250 all ranks, from a city of upwards
      of 10,000 people. It hardly seemed an insuperable task,
      but Houliston soon began to appreciate certain difficulties.
      A uniform, comradeship and 50 cents for each drill attracted
      men to the ranks. It was not even difficult to persuade young
      men from the city’s Catholic college cadet corps to accept
      commissions in the regiment.
      But to convince new officers to qualify for their rank
      was another matter. Would-be officers were obliged to spend
      months far from home and work, at St-Jean or in Québec
      City. Montréal and Québec might have enough parents – and
      even employers – willing to tolerate and even subsidize such
      absences; Trois-Rivières did not. The problem was not
      unique and, increasingly, it was solved by persuading the
      permanent corps to detach enough staff to run a local
      “provisional school.” No one could pretend that such
      schools offered training remotely as thorough or rigorous as
      the official course, but better something than nothing.
      However, the 86th faced another problem. With inadequate
      manpower and many demands for provisional schools,
      the permanent force had to set priorities. With its single,
      undersized regiment, Trois-Rivières did not rank very
      high, particularly after officers who had been provided
      Another parade shot taken at the Levis militia camp, circa 1915.
      Musée McCord Museum 8044
      Winter 2005 – 2006 ? Canadian Military Journal 91
      with training next protested that it was
      unreasonable to expect them to take
      the time to travel all the way to Québec
      City or to St-Jean to pass the formal exams
      for their certificate.
      Colonel Houliston found a personal
      solution to his problem by being accepted
      as an officer in the Permanent Corps. His successor, in
      March 1906, was Lieutenant-Colonel Gustave-Adolphe
      Tessier, already a major figure in Three Rivers society
      as the city’s solicitor and its Liberal member of the
      provincial legislative assembly.
      Anciens commandants à Trois-Rivières
      {Former commanders with Three-Rivers}
      + Major F.-X. Lambert (1871 à 1880)
      + Lieutenant-colonel F. Houde. MP (1880 à 1884)
      + Lieutenant-colonel A.-F. Dame, Dr (1885 à 1888)
      + Lieutenant-colonel A.-R. Dufresne (1888 à 1893)
      + Lieutenant-colonel H. Dixon (1893 à 1900)
      + Lieutenant-colonel J. Houliston (1900 à 1906)
      + Lieutenant-colonel Hon. G.-A. Tessier, MPP (1906 à 1912)
      Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)
      Names: HOULISTON , JOHN
      Rank: LCL
      Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4530 - 11
      216th Battn
      1. Name: John Houliston
      2. Where born: Three Rivers, P, Q
      3. Name of next-of-kin: Susan B Houliston
      4. Address of next-of-kin: c/o W.W. Braiman?, Three Rivers, Que
      5. Date of birth: 11th Aug 1868
      6. Trade or calling: Officer, Permanent Force, C....?
      7. Married?: Yes
      8. Willing to be vacinated: Yes
      9. Belong to active militia: Yes
      10. Ever served in the military: Militia Units & R.C.E
      11. Do you understand the nature and terms of the engagement: Yes
      12. Willing to serve in CANADIAN OVER-SEAS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE?: Yes
      Declaration & Oath signed by John Houliston dated 15/4/1915
      Certified by himself as the OC
      Apparant age: 46 years 8 months
      Height: 5 ft 8.5 ins
      Girth when fully expanded: 43 ins
      Range of expansion: 4 ins
      Complexion: Fresh
      Eyes: Blue
      Hair: Dark Brown with Grey
      Religious Denomination: Presbyterian
      Distinctive marks:
      Certified fit: 15/4/1915; Ottawa
      Certified as approved by Officer Commanding Unit: 15/4/1915
      J Houliston Lt.-Col, R.C.E.
      O.C. Divisional Engineers, Canada
      i.e. he certified himself
      FIFTH SUPPLEMENT TO The London Gazette
      Of FRIDAY, the 27th. of DECEMBER, 1918.
      TUESDAY, 31 DECEMBER, 1918.
      War Office,
      31st December, 1918.
      The following is a continuation of 'Sir D.
      Haig's Despatch of the 8th November, 1918,
      submitting names deserving of special mention: —

      Houliston, Lt.-Cbl. J., Can. Engrs.
    Person ID I5678  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Father Alexander (Alex) Houliston,   b. 10 September 1842, Trois Rivières, St Maurice, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Janet (Jessy Jeannette) Blair,   b. 20 July 1846, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1998  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Susan Eleanor Braman (Bramen),   b. 30 October 1872, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 October 1928, Rockcliff Park, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 12 September 1913 
    +1. Living
    +2. Donald Wilfred Houliston,   d. 1966
     3. Living
    Family ID F1996  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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